Austrian far-right leader searched on suspicion of forming terrorist group with Christchurch shooter

Investigation widens to include Martin Sellner’s fiancee Brittany Pettibone following her contact with Australian far-right figure Blair Cottrell

The Austrian identitarian leader, Martin Sellner, has been subjected to further searches by Austrian police in connection with the Christchurch shooter, according to Austrian media reports and videos on Sellner’s own YouTube channel.

The investigation has also reportedly widened to include Sellner’s US-based fiance, Brittany Pettibone, and her own alleged connections with Australian far-right figure Blair Cottrell.

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Illegal drug classifications are based on politics not science – report

Global Commission on Drug Policy calls for a reclassification of drugs including cocaine, heroin and cannabis

Illegal drugs including cocaine, heroin and cannabis should be reclassified to reflect a scientific assessment of harm, according to a report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy.

The commission, which includes 14 former heads of states from countries such as Colombia, Mexico, Portugal and New Zealand, said the international classification system underpinning drug control is “biased and inconsistent”.

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Trump’s war on refugees is tearing down US’s life-changing resettlement program

Donald Trump has for two consecutive years overseen the lowest refugee admission rates since the modern resettlement system was created in 1980

Tecle Gebremicheal loves Idaho, and he wants people to know about how it has now become home after he fled an orphanage in Eritrea at 14.

After eight years in an Ethiopian refugee camp, he resettled in Idaho in 2012, learning at an airport in Florida that instead of being sent to Texas, as originally planned, he was being moved to what was then a mysterious place.

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NDIS plan to reduce delays only a stopgap, disability advocates say

Government will offer standard interim plans for children who face long delays getting onto the scheme

Disability advocates say the Morrison government’s new plan to reduce lengthy delays in the national disability insurance scheme should only be a stopgap measure.

In a bid to reduce waiting times to 50 days, the new NDIS minister, Stuart Robert, announced on Wednesday the government would offer interim plans for children aged six and under who were expected to face long delays to get onto the scheme.

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Australian man who ran down and assaulted Finnish hitchhikers in Perth jailed

Matt Lewis Whittaker hit Finnish nationals at speed of up to 70km/h and attacked one with a shovel

A truck driver who attacked two Finnish nationals as they hiked the popular Bibbulmun Track in Perth has been sentenced to eight years and nine months in prison.

Matt Lewis Whittaker, 37, ran down Queralt Tobarra and Tuomas Tani, both 33, as they walked along the track at Paulls Valley on 28 July last year. He struck them at a speed of up to 70km/h, the West Australian district court heard.

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How apartheid killed Johannesburg’s cycling culture

Racial segregation meant cycling lost status in South Africa earlier and more intensely than in the rest of the western world

“The writer counted, in the space of only four minutes, 93 native cyclists riding past the Astra theatre,” wrote a journalist for the Star newspaper in July 1940. Standing almost 80 years later on the same corner of Louis Botha Avenue at the same time and day of the week – 6.30pm on a Monday – it is hard to imagine. The theatre is long gone and not a single cyclist is to be seen on the car-choked thoroughfare.

What happened to Johannesburg’s once vibrant commuter cycling culture? The dominance of the automobile marginalised the bicycle in many cities around the world through the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s but that process was accelerated in South Africa by apartheid. When policies of spatial segregation forcibly moved black people to faraway townships at the periphery of the city, the distance between work and home increased dramatically and cycling collapsed as an everyday practice.

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Virtual visits: how Finland is coping with an ageing population | Sarah Johnson

Online lunch clubs are the start of a remote care revolution to reduce the spiralling costs of caring for older people

It’s 11.30am on a midweek June morning in Helsinki, Finland. Duvi Leineberg, a remote care nurse, is doing the lunch rounds. But instead of jumping in a car and visiting each person one by one, she is sitting in an office looking at a large computer screen where she can see into seven people’s homes. Most are sitting at a table preparing to tuck into some food.

Related: Personal care should be free for over-65s, says thinktank

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Lift ‘unfair’ ban on ivory trade, southern African leaders urge summit

Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Angola and Namibia call for embargo suspension to allow sale of hugely valuable stockpiles

Southern African leaders have renewed calls for a lifting of the ban on the ivory trade as debate over the “unfair” embargo escalates.

At a wildlife economic summit in Zimbabwe, leaders of the five countries that make up the Kavango-Zambezi conservation area – Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Angola and Namibia – raised the issue ahead of the August conference of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) in Geneva, Switzerland.

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My secret shame: I am (still) addicted to Pokémon Go

Dominic Rushe has caught over 11,000 Pokémon, walked 1,841km in Poké-land, and doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon

A thunderstorm is rolling towards Chicago’s Grant Park. The thousands of people gathered for the city’s third annual Pokémon Go Fest, already sodden after a day of drizzle and rain, are now being told to evacuate for fear of lightning strikes. But I need to take a snapshot of a Gastly in the Spooky Woods if I’m going to complete this year’s festival challenge and uncover a rare new Pokémon. And I don’t have a Gastly.

Risking death by lightning, I jog towards the Spooky Woods.

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Democratic debates 2019: everything you need to know

20 presidential hopefuls will go head-to-head in Miami on 26-27 June – but what will they discuss, and who needs it the most?

The Republican primary debates in 2015 featured 17 candidates – a number interpreted as unwieldy at best and, at worst, a bit ridiculous.

Well step aside, Republicans, because this year Democrats have gone one better. Or three better: over the next two nights 20 presidential hopefuls will have it out on stage, as they attempt to sell themselves as the one Democratic candidate to take on Donald Trump in the 2020 US presidential election.

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Democrats prepare for first showdown as 2020 debates loom

Twenty candidates will take the stage over two nights this week in clash that could help whittle down a huge field

Ten of the leading Democrats competing for their party’s presidential nomination will face off in Miami on Wednesday for the first of two primetime debates that could help to clarify an enormous and unsettled field.

The back-to-back debates, which will air on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo, are the first of the 2020 contest and will give the 20 candidates who qualified for the events a national platform to offer their vision for the country.

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The USA is imprisoning people it finds undesirable. Australia has already lived this nightmare | Jason Wilson

To disestablish these camps anywhere, we need to oppose them everywhere.

Australia’s economy is increasingly in the doldrums, but our leaders can point to a successful export of their own devising. In the US, the Trump administration is bedding down and expanding its network of punitive refugee camps. Like Australia’s, they have a dual function: as a deterrent to pursuing the right of political asylum, and as a political weapon.

Australia’s nightmare, like the USA’s, has been long in the making. It is a bipartisan creation. Labor, under Paul Keating, instituted the policy of mandatory detention. John Howard did much of the work of shaping it into permanent nightmare, and of turning the issue of refugees into a cudgel with which to smite political opponents.

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Hong Kong protesters call on foreign leaders to raise crisis at G20

Demonstrators march on consulates to petition overseas governments to assist in fight against ‘authoritarian regime’

Hundreds have gathered at a rally in Hong Kong and marched to foreign consulates to lobby international governments about the city’s political crisis during the G20 summit this week.

President Xi Jinping of China and the US president, Donald Trump, are expected to meet at the summit in Japan amid heightened trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies.

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Timor-Leste rejects report it is taking $16bn loan from China’s Exim bank for gas project

State-owned company seeks partners to develop $50bn of untapped reserves in Timor Sea

Timor-Leste’s state-owned gas company has rejected reports it is set to take a $16bn loan from China’s Exim bank to finance the Greater Sunrise project.

The Timor-Leste government recently took majority ownership of the project after buying out its former partners – ConocoPhillips and Shell – with the aim of ensuring the gas is piped to its shores instead of Australia’s.

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Lawyer X: getaway driver convicted of gangland murder granted right to appeal

Faruk Orman’s case has been referred to appeals court over potential miscarriage of justice involving Nicola Gobbo

The case of a getaway driver jailed for 20 years for killing Melbourne career criminal Victor Peirce has been referred to the appeals court over a potential miscarriage of justice involving his lawyer Nicola Gobbo, also known as “Lawyer X”.

Attorney General Jill Hennessy has used her powers to refer Faruk Orman’s matter to the court of appeal for hearing.

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Super funds and investors with $34tn urge leaders to speed up climate action

Fund managers call on world leaders to bring in carbon pricing and phase out coal power ahead of G20

Superannuation funds and investors representing US$34tn in assets – nearly half of the total under management across the globe – have called on world leaders to bring in carbon pricing and phase out coal power to limit global heating to 1.5C.

Released ahead of a G20 leaders meeting in Osaka, Japan, the statement by 477 institutional investors urges world leaders to accelerate their response to the climate crisis to ensure the goals of the 2015 Paris climate deal can be met.

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US House passes $4.5bn emergency aid package for migrants held at border

Bill to support families and children, passed along party lines, sets up clash with Senate as White House threatens veto

The US House of Representatives has passed a $4.5bn emergency border aid package to care for thousands of migrant families and unaccompanied children detained after crossing the US-Mexico border.

The bill passed on Tuesday along party lines, after the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, quelled a mini-revolt by progressives and Hispanic lawmakers who sought significant changes to the legislation. New provisions added to the bill were more modest than what those lawmakers had sought, but the urgent need for the funding, to prevent the humanitarian emergency on the border from turning into a debacle, appeared to outweigh any lingering concerns.

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Trump and Xi trade talks loom large over G20 meeting in Japan

The US and Chinese presidents are expected to discuss the year-long dispute, but experts say substantive agreement is unlikely

Trade talks between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping are expected to dominate the upcoming G20 summit in Osaka, where the two leaders are expected to meet on the final day of the event.

Despite the highly anticipated meeting between the US and Chinese presidents on Saturday, the first since trade talks broke down in May, few expect a substantive agreement to end almost a year of trade tensions and months of deteriorating ties between the world’s two largest economies.

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U.S. House passes $4.5 billion border aid bill

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a $4.5 billion (3.5 billion pounds)aid package to address the migrant surge along the U.S.-Mexico border, including new standards for migrants in custody following reports of poor conditions facing young children at overcrowded facilities.